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President Obama met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel at the White House on Friday.  (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press)


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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a press conference at the US Embassy in Berlin, Germany, Friday April 15, 2011, following a visit to the city for the NATO Foreign Ministers summit. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned Friday that rising intolerance toward women and religious minorities threatens to derail democratic transitions around the Arab world and spread violent extremism.


U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday accused Iran of trying to hijack democratic revolutions around the Mideast and warned Arab nations not to permit intolerance against women and religious minorities.


Saudi Shiite protesters chant slogans during a protest in Qatif, Saudi Arabia on Thursday. Saudi police have opened fire at a rally in the kingdom's east in an apparent escalation of efforts to stop planned protests.  (AP photo)


Saudi Arabian security forces have fired on demonstrators in the city of Qatif on the western shore of the Gulf, a report by U.S. broadcaster CNN said.


MANILA — More Filipino workers from Egypt continue to return home even as tension has already subsided after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (photo above) resigned.


A Palestinian worker pauses to pray as others work on a construction site in the Jewish West Bank settlement of Maaleh Adumim near Jerusalem on Dec. 8, 2010.  (AP / Tara Todras-Whitehill)


JERUSALEM  —  With Mideast peace talks at an impasse, two senior members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party are shopping around a new idea: In the absence of peace, Israel should pull large numbers of Jewish settlers out of the West Bank while leaving its soldiers in place.

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